Soccer team

2017-12-27 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedThe Isizwe Football Club.

PHOTO: suppliedThe Isizwe Football Club.

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THE founder of Isizwe Football Club, also known as oShaka, Sizwe Gwala says his ultimate goal is to develop soccer in Edendale.

“It is not just about my team, I want to ensure that many players from the Edendale area get exposure to the highest level in soccer,” Gwala said.

His efforts to achieve this include having good relations with other teams, assisting clubs in the area with resources, sponsoring them and arranging tournaments so players get game time.

He also owns a stake in Juventus Football Club, which plays in the Vodacom League.

Gwala said he formed oShaka in 2014 and that year they won two tournaments.

“One tournament was played in Wadley and had been arranged by the Department of Sports and Recreation along with stakeholders. The second one had been arranged by Maritzburg United along with Wizkids, but that was a five-a- side,” he said.

The following year the side won an annual tournament in Panorama, arranged by Echo sports contributor Jerry Barnes.

Talking about the team’s current top performers, Gwala said: “It is difficult to single out one player or name a few who are performing well because the entire squad is doing good at the moment.”

The club is sixth on the SAB League log, with 14 points, six behind log leaders.

Gwala said the team’s performance has attracted players in the Vodacom League.

“We are just waiting for the January window period so we can make additions to our side. Players who want to join the club tell me their reason is because they are impressed with how we focus on player development.”

oShaka played in a tournament at Wadley on Tuesday, December 19 and will be playing again on Saturday December 23 in Mooi River and hope to go into 2018 on a high note by taking part in another in Umzimkhulu before the year ends.

The club suffered a 3-1 defeat on Sunday, December 17 in a friendly against Mabhuti Khanyeza’s team, Sizwe Stars.

When the team was formed it was coached by former Golden Arrows player Sakhile Mahlangu, but currently Bandile Mthembu holds that position.

The side, which is affiliated with a football association in Mgeni and the Edendale Football Association, was named after its founder.

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